Our product information guide is here to help you choose the right products for your fairy garden. If you have a question about design, size, features or usage, you are likely to find it here!

1. What are fairy garden products made of?

Polystone is a compound made up largely of polyurethane resin mixed with powdered stone additives to give a stone-like finish. Polystone has a stone like feel, but is much easier to work with during the manufacturing process. Polystone has a significant weight and porcelain like feel to the touch. It’s incredible ability to capture the most minute detail makes it ideal for manufacturing of fairy garden ornaments. Polystone does not have to be fired like porcelain, which gives it much more flexibility when it comes to painting and allows our manufacturers to create the tiny detail you see on our fairy homes and accessories.

Synthetic Resin is also commonly used. Synthetic resins are materials with a property that is similar to natural plant resins. Some fairy garden products are created by a process of resin casting, whereby a mold is filled with a liquid synthetic resin, which then hardens.

Metal, or a combination of metal and polystone is also commonly used in the manufacturing of fairy garden products. Metal is often used and preferred because of its durability. Some products are made from shaped metal, while others will feature wire in their design.

2. Product Dimensions

Every product on our website will state the dimensions of the item as high, width, length. This uniform approach applies to all products, even though it may seem odd to measure a fairy figurine this way!

A – Height

B – Width

C – Length

D – Stakes for secure positioning feature on many of our products. The length of the stake is not factored into the overall dimensions. Products with a stake have this mentioned as an attribute within the product description.

Fairy garden products are not categorized by scale.

3. High quality v’s low quality

There are significant differences that define the difference in product quality.

High Quality products are made from better performing materials. A painted product will feature more vibrant tones and the adhesives present within the paint will have a higher level of UV stabilization. High quality is also apparent within the design itself. Firstly, care has been taken by the designer and small intricate details will be present. The production process includes high levels of quality checking and control. These products are most likely to be manufactured by a company under their branding.

Low Quality products are made with high quantity and low cost in mind. Inferior materials are often used. Paints have less vibrancy and definition. Designs are likely to have less detail and are often copied from original designs. The production process is faster and includes lower levels of quality checking and control. Branding is usually abscent.

Pricing is a good indicator of quality, but not always. It is important to note that both ends of the quality sprectrum are important and serve different purposes. We understand that a number of factors will influence the choices of our customers, but above all, those choices should be educated.

Fairy Gardening Australia chooses to stock high quality products from a number of manufacturers on our website. An online customer is unable to see or feel the product in real life prior to purchase, so we make this arbitrary statement to provide our customers with reasurance about what they can expect.

However, we are also mindful that low quality/cost products have a valid position within the marketplace. For this reason, we do stock lesser quality items but they are only available within our showroom and will not appear in our online catalog. This gives our customers the opportunity to see/feel the product, compare it and decide if it is the best choice for their purposes.

If high quality and durability are important to you, we recommend our Fiddlehead range of fairy garden products. This premium collection is made of polystone, features intricate design and detailing and high quality paint finish. We stand by this brand. Why? Because it is manufactured and imported by Fairy Gardening Australia.

Find out more about us HERE!

4. Product Design

Fairy houses have a number of features including interior/exterior LED lights powered by a built in solar panel, opening doors with a hinge and fixed, non-opening doors. Within each of these designs you will find a variety of styles such as woodland, whimsical, classic and cottage. Overall size, design, attributes and features are listing within the product description on every house in our range.

Fairy Doors are generally designed to be non-opening, however, there are occasional exceptions. Fairy doors feature a flat back and attachment to a wall/tree is facilitated by a keyhole slot.

Fairy, Animal and Other Figurines vary by style. Some are designed to be bright and whimsical, while others have a “statue” appearance. Figurines in standing positions will usually feature a metal stake which assists the figurine to remain in an upright position. If a stake is present, it will be listed as an attribute within the product description, along with the measurements of the figurine.

Ponds are generally divided into two types – fillable and non-fillable. Fillable ponds may be filled with water and are designed to be pressed down to appear level with the landscape of your garden. Non-fillable ponds are painted with the appearance of water or filled with clear resin. Some may be pressed into the landscape while others are designed to sit on top of the landscape. Each of these attributes can be found in the product description.

Elements include furniture, hardscape, and accessories. Styles, dimensions and attributes for each product can be found in the decription of each product listing.

Products that feature glowing parts have this listed as an attribute. The luminous effect is created by a phospherous material which absorbs light. It is important to note that this luminous effect is very soft and will not have the same lighting effect as an LED light. Glow effect will be dependant on the light absorption.

5. Indoor/Outdoor Use

All our fairy garden ornaments are deisgned for outdoor use unless stated otherwise. Keep in mind that “outdoor” is a very general term! Our product care guide includes a section with information about choosing the right location for your fairy garden.

All our opening door fairy homes are designed to have a rustic look. The door may be slightly crooked or not close completely, adding to this homes unique character and whimsical charm

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We love to see your photos and hear your stories. On this page, you can

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  1. Select “View & Upload To Gallery” from the main menu
  2. Click “Create A Gallery”
  3. Select upload type (Photo or Video)
  4. Use the “Title” field to name your fairy garden
  5. Use the description field to tell us about your garden
  6. Select the appropriate category
  7. Click the “Create” button
  8. Select a file from your computer (or drag and drop)
  9. Ignore the “Add a link” field
  10. Congratulations! You have created your gallery.

Photo submissions must be HD quality (min. 1080p). Smart phone images are ok.

Photo’s need to be clear and MUST feature your fairy garden. We are unable to accept blurred/low quality images and they will be removed.

You must be logged in to your account to upload, edit or delete images. Your first name will be used to credit you as the author where Fairy Gardening Australia uses your image outside the gallery, examples include inclusion in our national newsletter or sharing to our social platforms.

Use the title field to name your garden. Use the description field to tell us about your garden. Why, when, what, how – your story is important to us!

Images with added text, borders or image layers (e.g. emoji’s) will not be accepted and will be removed. Please add comments, quotes etc. in the provided fields only. Subtle filters are acceptable. Read more about this in the photography tips tab. 

Gallery image submissions will be displayed in the public community photo gallery hosted by Fairy Gardening Australia. By submitting your image, you are authorizing Fairy Gardening Australia to use your fairy garden photo on our website, newsletter and social media platforms. Where possible, credit is given to the image author. 

Fairy Gardening Australia will NEVER provide your images to third parties without your express permission, however, once your image is published, we are unable to control image lifting and sharing. Further, we accept no responsibility for images appearing on unauthorized third party websites and platforms.

Fairy Gardening Australia reviews all submissions to the gallery. Images that do not meet the minimum image requirements will be removed. Upon submission, our system automatically generates a watermark on images which will appear in the top left corner. The purpose of the watermark is to identify the original source of upload.

From time to time, we receieve image requests from media outlets (TV, newspaper, magazine, blogs) to accompany our editorial contributions. If we feel that your photo would be suitable for a project or campaign, we will contact you and request written permission to use your image. This is entirely optional.

Your photo will appear in our gallery for an undetermined period of time. We may remove your image without notice or our system may auto remove your image if our gallery is reaching the maximum limit to free up space for new submissions. Once it is removed, it will be stored in our database for a period not exceeding 7 years.

You may remove your image at any time. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Our team will not provide an explanation and no correspondence will be entered into where a decision is made to reject or remove an image submission. Reasons may include but are not limited to submissions that are inappropriate, poor quality, off topic or any other reason that may make a photo unsuitable for addition to the gallery. 

We require you to have gained permission from all individuals included in your image prior to submission. (Guardian permission for persons under 18 years old). We assume that you have those permissions at the time of upload. If your personal image appears in our gallery and you did not provide authorization, please contact us immediately. Additionally, please ensure the fairy garden appearing in your image is actually yours. Image theft is the leading cause of bad juju.

We optimise space in our gallery and a maximum 20MB restriction applies to each member account. If you are close to exceeding your limit, please contact us. We will transfer your image to an archive gallery. 

We love to see the beautiful smiles of our fairy gardeners! However, if you do not want your/your childrens photo to appear within our gallery or our associated social platforms, please do not upload them here. Once images are published, we have no control over image lifting and sharing. Please refer to our Image Use Policy.

A field is provided for you to write a short narrative which will accompany your image. The content will appear in the lightbox which opens when the gallery image is clicked. Please do not include personal or contact details in this field. The contents of this field should be limited to HOW, WHEN, WHAT, WHY. Members of this website can comment on your photo. Please check back regularly and respond to comments. 

Social share icons appear in the lightbox of your image. We encourage you to use these links to share your images with friends and family across your platforms.

By keeping the tips , requirements and policy in mind, you are assisting us to maintain high quality content in our gallery. (Thanks in advance!)

upload photos to our gallery, photography tips

Landscape orientation tends to showcase gardens more favourably. We will accept portrait orientated images, however thumbnail images that appear via widgets across our website may incorrectly display your image.

Your fairy garden (or favourite part of it) should be centred in the image.

Best angle: We recommend you try 2 angles – level and 45° to find which works best for your garden.

Upload photos that feature your entire garden or your just your favourite part. Adjust your distance from the subject to find the best view. It is always better to move than to zoom.

If surrounding items do not add to the aesthetic of your garden, remove them or try adjusting your angle. Alternatively, crop them from the image prior to upload.

Refrain from adding borders, emoji’s, image and text layers or collages. They distract the eye of the viewer and do not enhance your image. You are welcome to use a filter to enhance tone or clarity, but it is best to keep this minimal. Image colour quality can be effected by a number of factors and a colour enhancement filter can correct this. Fairy Gardening Australia will not adjust, add filters to or crop gallery images. We will automatically apply a watermark to the top left corner of your image for the purpose listed in our Image Use Policy.

 

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